ON TO STATE!!! Waukon boys cross country team claims runner-up State Qualifier finish to end three-year absence at the season grand finale State Meet


Runner-up finish secures first State Meet qualification since 2016 ... Members of the Waukon boys cross country display the banner they were awarded for earning State Meet qualification for the first time since 2016 after securing a runner-up finish at their Class 2A State Qualifying Meet at Jesup Thursday, October 22. Left to right are sophomore Nate Keenan, Coach Tara Stein, seniors John O’Neill and Ryan Lubahn, junior Logan Delaney, senior Aidan Jones, sophomore Nathan O’Neill, freshman Skyler Dugan, sophomore Josh Keenan and freshman Wyatt Gulla. View and find out how to purchase this photo and many more by clicking on the Photo Galleries link on this webpage.

A mild drought ended at the Class 2A State Qualifying Cross Country Meet at Jesup Thursday, October 22, but it had little to do with the rain that fell during that evening’s competition. After three consecutive seasons of missing out on qualifying for the season grand finale State Meet, the 12th-rated Waukon boys cross country team was able to bring an end to that high-end dry spell with a second-place team finish, scoring 100 team points to finish between the championship effort of second-rated Tipton and the final qualifying third-place team finish of 11th-rated North Fayette Valley, both of those teams also qualifying for this year’s season grand finale.

Competing in this season’s grand finale event for the first time since the 2016 season, the Indians are now scheduled to compete in their Class 2A State Meet of 15 teams scheduled for this Saturday, October 31 at Kennedy Park near Fort Dodge, the boys raced beginning at 11 a.m. Details about the Indians’ season grand finale appearance are printed in a shaded box on the Sports pages in the October 28, 2020 print edition and e-edition of The Standard.

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